Ottawa Senators assistant coach Bob Jones diagnosed with ALS – Ottawa Pipa News

Ottawa Senators assistant coach Bob Jones diagnosed with ALS – Ottawa

The Ottawa Senators are rallying around assistant coach Bob Jones following his amyotrophic lateral sclerosis diagnosis.

Jones was diagnosed in early January and told players and coaches on the Senators shortly after. The team announced her diagnosis Tuesday as Jones and her family seek to raise awareness for ALS research.

Captain Brady Tkachuk said, “It makes us want to leave everything right there because we think a loss or a bad game is the end of the world, but no, there are people in life who are going through tough things.” “The fact that he wants to be here every step of the way and see all of us as a group and organization fulfill our dreams, I think it says a lot about the man who That’s him and how much he cares about this team and the players in the locker room.

“It just makes us want to find that extra level to get the job done. It’s an honor.

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Jones, 53, is currently in his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Senators after being hired on July 5, 2019, to head coach DJ Smith’s staff. He joined the club with previous experience in the American Hockey League and a decorated Ontario hockey team. League coaching career spanning over 20 seasons.

“I’ve known him for a long time. The players love him, his wife, his kids, all his friends.’ “I know how many messages he has received and today I got to know about him.

“He’s just a guy who has cared about the players for decades.”

An off-season resident of Tecumseh, Ontario, Jones and his wife, Paige, have two children, Blake and Brianna. The Jones family has asked that those considering a contribution consider both the ALS Society of Canada and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

“We are working internally with Bob and his family as he accepts this challenge,” Dorian said in a statement. “While Bob will continue with his coaching duties, he has the full support of the organization to step away from the club at any time during the season in order to focus on his health and his family.”

ALS is a progressive nervous system disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing loss of muscle control. It is often called Lou Gehrig’s disease after the Hall of Fame baseball player was diagnosed with it in 1939.

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Chris Snow, assistant general manager of the Calgary Flames, also has ALS. He was diagnosed with the disease in January 2020.

Smith said Jones and Snow have appreciated having ALS.

“I think it makes a lot of sense to reach out to someone who has it,” Smith said. “Unless someone has been through what you are going through, it is really hard to listen to any advice.

“I don’t know, you know, I’m not in his shoes. But it[helps]to talk to someone else in the hockey world who’s been through it, who went to work every day, who’s had something during this time.” Maintained mental sanity.

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